Accidents involving ladders are responsible for more than half a million injuries every year in the U.S., approximately 300 of which result in death. Many of these ladder accidents can be prevented with proper equipment, training, and safety measures. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets forth ladder safety requirements which must be met when using ladders on a worksite, including:

• Each ladder must be thoroughly inspected before each use
• Only one person on a ladder at a time
• Damaged ladders must be marked “Do not use” and taken out of service immediately
• Ladders must be tied down securely during transport
• Ladders must be free of hazards including grease, oil, and other substances
• Ladders must be carried parallel to the ground and must never be “walked” from one location to another
• The maximum load for a ladder must never be exceeded or used for anything other than its intended purpose
• Tools must not be carried by hand
• Use only non-conductive side rails around electrical equipment
• Do not step or stand on the top step
• Face the ladder when ascending and descending
• Traffic areas must be barricaded securely while ladder is in use
• The area around the top and bottom of the ladder must be kept clear when in use
• Workers must keep three points of contact with ladder at all times
• Workers should not overextend toward the sides of the ladder
• Protective clothing and rubber soled shoes must be worn at all times

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed due to safety regulations being overlooked, or if you believe a defective ladder was responsible for your injuries, please contact us today.